Voice of the People


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Education day

08 January 2021 is being observed as Educational Day throughout the Province in Sindh. The day is aimed at bringing awareness and importance of education. In this regard, different educational programs, seminars, rallies and gatherings are being conducted by civil society which is much appreciated. A true and meaningful message regarding importance of education should be delivered to every person of Sindh Province. But in order to generating awareness among the masses, it is also important to aware the Sindh Government and Educational Ministry about educational policies and their proper implementation.
Our Education Ministry which keeps on changing their policies on experimental basis, but always fails to implement them in a suitable way, never pays serious attentions towards the quality education. To ensure presence of teachers in schools, biometric system is quite praiseworthy but no step is taken to measure what teachers deliver to students in class.
On this day, Educational Ministry should be realized about provision of basic needs to schools, infrastructure and assurance of quality education. If a teacher is marked as absent from school on biometric, he is given show cause notice, but there are many teachers who work in schools with full sincerity and punctuality, their work is never appreciated which is quite injustice. Teachers’ honour and respect should be appreciated as they are building blocks of the society. In order to foster awareness among the masses, there is also need of awakening our education department regarding importance of education.

Karachi public transport

The city of lights has a population of around 16,093,786 and it is the 7th largest city in the world. But the transportation system of the city is in the worst condition. A study conducted by the World Bank titled “Transforming Karachi into a liveable and competitive mega city” states that every day an estimated 45 people compete for a single seat on a bus in the city, compared to 12 in Mumbai, India.
Karachi’s only available source of public transport are buses and minibuses. The number of registered buses and minibuses is approximately 21,800, a bus carries 257 passengers per day including overloading, rooftop seating. Recently Bloomberg, a US- based news agency, revealed that Karachi’s public transport serves about 42% of Karachi’s commuters in decades old buses, the roads are filled with potholes and not all traffic signals are functional]. Prime Minister Imran khan has recently announced Rs 1.1 trillion historic package for Karachi’s transformation which is a cloud with silver lining. The cosmopolitan city needs a compressive mass transit system on an urgent basis. A project is under construction with no date of completion that has made more mess due to work in progress.

Garbage causes diseases

Garbage can is a cause of various inconceivable syndromes. It produces pungent smell which affects health very badly. After having the facilities of garbage dump, people throw trash on streets, resultantly other inhabitants suffer from many problems like walking, playing as they find no space for such activities. Disposal of garbage in such a way is dangerous for the environment.
Pollution has become a prevalent topic nowadays in Pakistan. Owing to garbage disposal the beauty of the cities has decreased. Though it is responsibility of the government to address the issue, but the government alone cannot control it. Therefore, the people themselves need to cooperate with the authorities. However, the authorities can generate awareness among the masses so that they cooperate with them (authorities) in handling the issue(s).

PPSC dismal performance

Institutions are recognized by their performance which enhances integrity of any institution, while corrupt practices ruin institutions. In this regard, the case of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) is before us. PPSC is a Governmental recruitment agency which recruits public servants in various provincial management departments. It charges hefty amount of fee. But still could not form transparent and efficient system of recruitment. As a result of which, candidates have to endure a lot of inconvenience. Moreover, owing to corrupt practices many candidates are deprived of their right.
The PPSC announced the cancellation of Tehsildar paper – was to be held on 02-01-2021- thirty minutes before start of the examination. This sudden announcement reveals PPSC inefficiency and mismanagement both. The Commission cancelled the paper on the intimation of Anti-Corruption department. The question is: where was PPSC own secrecy branch before the happing of unavoidable circumstances due to which paper has been cancelled? The irony is that the PPSC Administration was unaware of prevailing malfunctioning in their own institution. In such a scenario, how can public trust the PPSC. People are now speaking against such kind of injustice and PPSC is losing its credibility in the eyes of public.
PPSC is the only governmental recruitment institution in Punjab, while the number of candidates remains in millions. There are more than one hundred thousand for the post of Tehsildar, similarly thousands others are appearing for other posts. The point of concern is how can PPSC examine millions of candidates in one go. Certainly, in such hasty, corruption remains a solid possibility. In order to avert such malfunctioning, Punjab Government should form a proper mechanism for just recruitment. Otherwise, rich will govern the system forever and poor remains poor for good.

Modi is biggest liar in world

India’s PM Narendra Modi is always tight-lipped during press conferences. He never utters a word when reporters ask him questions. He makes one promise after another but never fulfils any of them.
India does not need a PM like him. He is the biggest liar in the entire world.
Mumbai, India

Water crisis

Currently, Pakistan is categorised as a water-scarce country because yearly water availability is less than 1,000 cubic meters per person. Water is basic need of life. Life reflects total dependency on water. The level of underground water is decreasing rapidly. Pakistan is part of 36 countries that are water-stressed.
There are several factors that have contributed to water crisis in Pakistan, such as an increase in population, agriculture related mismanagement of water and climate change. If water crisis is not resolved, it will impact people greatly.

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